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Empire * Permafrost? * Navy Noise * NukeBuster


02 May 2006

"Won't need no shadow man running the government

Won't need no stinkin war

Won't need no hair cut

Won't need no shoe shine

After the Garden is Gone"


-- Neil Young

1) US Iraq Iran Israel 9/11 Nuke Foolery
- - The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God
- - Resources for the 9/11 Truth-Peace Movement
- - The United States, Israel, and the Possible Attack on Iran
- - Neo-conservatives threaten nuclear war on the pretext of Iran
- - Iran Urges United Nations to Oppose American 'Threats'
- - The Untold Story of Israel's Bomb
- - Wayne Madsen reports cyber warfare
- - Stephen Colbert at the White House Dinner
- - 300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest
- - Springsteen and Young: Music of a Once and Future Democracy
2) Chilling warnings on receding permafrost
3) Navy Sonar and Mass Dolphin Stranding
4) Vermont State Rights CAN Protect New England

Editor's Notes:


There is perhaps too much to absorb in this issue; so please pay particular attention in item 1, following information on David Ray Griffin's newest book. In this section Jeremy Lynes is offering 9/11 truth DVDs at cost to help bring peace and justice into our world. Please help with that initiative. Item 1 includes other investigative reports on Iran, Iraq, Israel, US and nuclear foolery, and a review by David Swanson of the newest songs from an era yet to disappear, thanks to Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Item 2 again touches upon the carbonization of our atmosphere. The picture looks grim, but then why is an engine to convert waste to clean power not yet receiving funding for prototype development? Item 3 is more proof that the Navy's LFA sonar is killing dolphins and whales. Item 4 is a hopeful sign that Vermont will claim sovereignty over the federal and corporate forces pushing for excessive and dangerous nuclear power.

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed
is for good men to do nothing."


-- Edmund Burke



1) US Iraq Iran Israel 9/11 Nuke Foolery

- - The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God
- - Resources for the 9/11 Truth-Peace Movement
- - The United States, Israel, and the Possible Attack on Iran
- - Neo-conservatives threaten nuclear war on the pretext of Iran
- - Iran Urges United Nations to Oppose American 'Threats'
- - The Untold Story of Israel's Bomb
- - Wayne Madsen reports cyber warfare
- - Stephen Colbert at the White House Dinner
- - 300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest
- - Springsteen and Young: Music of a Once and Future Democracy

The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God:
A Political, Economic, Religious Statement
By David Ray Griffin, John B. Cobb Jr., Richard Falk, & Catherine Keller

Book Description

Four distinguished scholars here level a powerful critique of the rapid expansion of the emerging American empire
and its oppressive and destructive political, military, and economic policies.

Publishers Weekly - REVIEW

What do you get when you put three theologians together with an attorney? Not a joke, but a deadly serious, academic analysis of our nation, its past and its future. This collection of nine essays addresses the ideological and practical evidence and consequences of what the authors see as an often disguised imperial agenda inherent in the founding and development of the United States. The authors, besides sharing the conviction that the United States "is seeking to become the world's first borderless empire" whose imperialist policies constitute "the primary threat to the survival of the human species," share an affinity for the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. While they object to imperialism on "political, economic and ecological grounds" as well as on "religious-spiritual-moral grounds," they spend most of the book making their secular statement; only the last three essays speak directly of religion. Keller's contribution contains a particularly interesting "debate" between the people she calls "Bush-Doctrine Idealists and the great idol-smasher John Calvin." Students of American history, government and political science, will feel quite at home within these pages..

Available at Amazon.com www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0664230091/ref=dp_proddesc_0/103-8142988-0768628?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=283155

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- - Resources for the 9/11 Truth-Peace Movement

Join the campaign for world peace and justice by distributing 9/11 Truth DVDs.

Get any amount for $1 per DVD, plus mailing.
Contact Jeremy Lynes => linelites@mindspring.com
by telephone (east coast USA) ===> 1-404-892-7114

The following is from Jeremy via email:

I have made up a new dvd with Loose Change and with a 17 minute short introduction to 911 truth and the involvement of the Federal Reserve. It also has a clip of Steven Jones' lecture.. It is a great dvd to give to people, it is very nonconfrontational and nonchallenging. I highly recommend it as a pass around.

...If anyone wants a copy of this Loose Change or another pass-around dvds, I supply them for $1 each - labeled and with envelope. Though they may not be 'IN' the envelope and you may have to insert them. Price is 80 cents each if you get 100 or more.......shipping is extra. I can do paypal; just enter in my email address. Add for postage - $1 for 1-2, $2 for 3-5, $3 for 6-10, $4 for 11-20, $5 for 21-30, $6 for 30-50, $7 for 51-100

1. LOOSE CHANGE 2ND EDITION with Federal Reserve addendum
2. Professor Steven Jones of BYU lecture on explosives in the towers.
3. 911 IN PLANE SITE the directors cut
4. 911 MARTIAL LAW by Alex Jones
5. 911 ROAD TO TYRANNY by Alex Jones
6. PAINFUL DECEPTIONS AND DAVID RAY GRIFFIN 911 LECTURE ON CSPAN2
7. AEROSOL CRIMES.....dvd on chemtrails
8. BOHEMIAN GROVE by Alex Jones

I believe informing others is our best tactic at this time.
Loose Change is excellent in convincing folks that the
threat our country and the world is under is very real.
If anyone has other suggested DVDs, pls let me know.

Jeremy Lynes linelites@mindspring.com 404-892-7114

For other resources, see FN's
Films that Make a Difference

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- - The United States, Israel, and the Possible Attack on Iran
by Stephen Zunes
Published on April 29, 2006 by Foreign Policy in Focus
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0429-21.htm

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- - Neo-conservatives threaten nuclear war on the pretext of Iran
Pseudo-religious group worships the Bible of Greed, and not of Jesus
by Pastor John, International Affairs Columnist
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2006/04/12/01172.html

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- - Iran Urges United Nations to Oppose American 'Threats'
Published May 2, 2006 by the New York Times
Iran Urges United Nations to Oppose American 'Threats'
by Warren Hoge

UNITED NATIONS - Iran asked the United Nations on Monday to take a stand against American threats
that it said included possible nuclear strikes on its territory and that were "in total contempt of international law."

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0502-02.htm

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- - The Untold Story of Israel's Bomb
By Avner Cohen and William Burr
Sunday, April 30, 2006 Washington Post; B01
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/28/AR2006042801326_pf.html

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- - Wayne Madsen reports cyber warfare
WayneMadsenReport.com
MAY 2, 2006:

Ed. note: Yesterday, WMR was warned by a reliable European source that there was unusual access activity detected regarding our web site. Fifteen minutes later, our server, which also supports other web sites, temporarily went down. But we have the identity of the source of the unusual access activity: the US Army's 5th Signal Command in Mannheim, Germany. Two component activities of the 5th Signal Command Ė the 2nd and 7th Signal Brigades -- appear to be involved in information warfare operations and influence operations. Note to 5th Signal Command operators: by hacking into U.S. computers protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you are in potential violation of Federal law (the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Section 1030, US Code, Fraud and related activity in connection with computers). If your Commanding Officer, Brig. Gen. Dennis Via, authorizes such illegal hacking, he is in violation of the law and it is your duty, pursuant to Army and DoD regulations, not to obey such illegal orders and report them to the Army Inspector General -- 1-(800)752-9747, 1-(703) 601-1060 or DSN: 329-1060.

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- - Stephen Colbert at the White House Dinner
Published on Monday, May 1, 2006 by Daily Kos
Transcript of Stephen Colbert's monologue at the
White House Correspondents Dinner
Saturday, April 29, 2006

www.commondreams.org/views06/0501-30.htm
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For video tape, more info:
www.thankyoustephencolbert.org/

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- - 300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest
Published April 29, 2006 by the Associated Press
300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest
by Desmond Butler


NEW YORK -- Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters marched Saturday through Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq just hours after an American soldier died in a roadside explosion in Baghdad - the 70th U.S. fighter killed in that country this month.

www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0429-08.htm

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- - Springsteen and Young: Music of a Once and Future Democracy
By David Swanson

[EXCERPT]

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young have just released a pair of incredible albums of protest, one a bone-rattling revival of the best of rebel music of ages past, the other an impassioned attack on our present slide toward fascism. A hundred years from now, if the human race has survived, when a future Springsteen records a future "Seeger Sessions" it will be bound to include the music of Young's "Living With War." Also by that time, Young's instant classic, "Let's Impeach the President," will have been translated, as any national anthem should, into a variety of languages, some or all of them, no doubt, destined to be deemed inappropriate by future proponents of the worst of the past.

Springsteen's album is a foot-stomping, sing-a-long, can't-sit-still party. It's amazing that with music this good anything remains to be done in the world and that televisions are actually purchased and viewed. As long as you have one, though, flip the CD over and watch the DVD of Bruce and his buddies jamming in a farm house and talking about what they're trying to accomplish. And stick the CD in a player you can bring to your next local activist meeting, labor rally, Camp Casey, impeachment forum, sit-in at your congress member's office, or immigrants' rights event. This is not the slow and pensive Bruce, and these are not songs that only a political activist could love. This is music that everyone will dance and tap their hands to, many without catching on to the themes that give this music power.

Young, like Springsteen, uses a chorus of enthusiastic voices on his new album, which provides a sense of masses of people united
behind his songs, including the opening track "After the Garden is Gone."


Won't need no shadow man running the government

Won't need no stinkin war

Won''t need no hair cut

Won't need no shoe shine

After the Garden is Gone

The title track, "Living With War," quotes from the Star Spangled Banner and also says:

I join the multitudes

I raise my hand in peace

I never bow to the laws of the thought police

I take a holy vow

To never kill again

To never kill again


"Shock and Awe" is one of the rockingest tunes, and one of the more timely, with its lyric
"Back in the Days of Mission Accomplished," citing Bush's speech of May 1, 2003.

But the song destined for immortality is the song that will in coming weeks and months be used as a
movement song, the song that fearlessly and directly tackles the greatest immediate need the world has:


"Let's Impeach the President"

Letís impeach the president for lying
And misleading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
Heís the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Letís impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our governmentís protection
Or was someone just not home that day?
Letís impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank god heís racking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
Thereís lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean
Thank God


Listen to "Let's Impeach the President"
www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/9726

Listen to whole album:

www.jtmp.org/NeilYoung.htm

For this entire article, link to:
www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/9751



2) Chilling warnings on receding permafrost
02 May 2006

The annual loss of around 1 per cent of the world's permafrost areas will trigger the release of more greenhouse gases, starting a vicious circle that could make global warming even worse than anticipated, scientists have warned.

Peter Kershaw from the University of Alberta at Edmonton, Canada warned an audience of over 500 people at the Royal Geographical Society, London on Thursday that `due to global warming, permafrost in the Arctic is degrading.' Kershaw has been monitoring the effects of climate change on Arctic biotopes for many years, supported by volunteers who can join his research via the Earthwatch Institute.

Kershaw's research on locations in Canada ≠ at Churchill and in the Mackenzie Mountains ≠ has shown that permafrost areas are receding rapidly, and if current trends continue they will disappear completely within decades. These vast frozen areas on all continents surrounding the North Pole harbour over 400 gigatons of organic carbon locked in frozen peatland. Kershaw thinks that the release of methane and carbon dioxide from these peatlands will act as a positive feedback loop that could make global warming even worse than previously thought. `The permafrost component of global warming has been underappreciated,' he told Chemistry World.

`Peter Kershaw's research shows how global warming is beginning to unravel the earth's natural systems for storing carbon,' said Roger Mitchell, chief scientist at Earthwatch Europe. `If this system is further disrupted there will be huge consequences for the entire planet.'

For the complete article, see:
www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2006/May/02050601.asp


For FN's resource page on this issue, see:
The Mounting Evidence of Global Warming



3) Navy Sonar and Mass Dolphin Stranding
by Mark Palmer mpalmer@cal.net
via Stop LFAS list serve
www.yahoogroups.com/group/stoplfas
Sun Apr 30, 2006 1:21 pm (PDT)
Subject: LFA: Sonar Called Likely Stranding Cause (Wash Post, LA Times)

STOP THE NAVY NOISE!

Activist E-Mail Alert for Navy LFA Sonar Campaign
International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute

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Dear LFA Activists:

As many of you know, much of the world's current concerns with intense military sonar effects on whales and dolphins began in Hawai'i, where sonar testing and annual anti-submarine warfare training cruises offshore associated with strandings and other problems for whales and dolphins, caused local activists to raise the issue of underwater noise pollution. Their cause has now become a global concern, in no small part due to their dedication and your
dedication.

A new study out by the National Marine Fisheries Service suggests that acoustic bombardment by intense Navy sonars could have caused a horrible stranding of up to 200 melon-headed whales in Hawai'i in 2004 (see articles below).

Just as predictable, unfortunately, is the continued denial by the US Navy that there is anything wrong or that the use of intense military sonar could possibly have any effect on anything. What, me worry? (This of course also fits into the pattern of the current Bush Administration to deny any adverse impacts on the environment from their disastrous cowboy diplomacy and business-friendly actions.)

What to do? What to do?

As always, we need to insist that Congress keep the Navy accountable. And we need to change Congress so that Congress will not continue to toadie to the Bush military/industrial complex (which is really not so complex, just greedy) agenda.

November 2006 will be a watershed, even historical, US election -- get ready for it! Plan to vote.. Throw the bums out and restore our democracy!

-- Mark J. Palmer


Mark J. Palmer
Assistant Director
International Marine Mammal Project
(415) 788-3666 x139
(415) 788-7324 (fax)

EarthIsland.org

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WASHINGTON POST

Sonar Called Likely Stranding Cause

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 28, 2006; Page A08

Federal marine specialists have concluded that Navy sonar was the most likely cause
of the unusual stranding of melon-headed whales in a Hawaiian bay in 2004.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/27/AR2006042702084.html

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LOS ANGELES TIMES

Report: Sonar May Have Caused Whale Stranding

By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
April 28, 2006

SAN DIEGO - The unusual stranding of 150 melon-headed whales in a shallow bay off the island of Kauai in 2004 could have been caused by the animals being spooked by the use of sonar by Navy ships, a federal agency reported Thursday.

"We can find no other cause for this event - given the fact there are many things we don't know," said Teri Rowles, a marine mammal veterinarian with the Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-me-whales28apr28,1,395863.story?coll=la-news-a_section


For more FN resource links, see:

The harmful impact on Whales and Dolphins
by the U.S. Navy's experimental use of active sonar systems



4) Vermont State Rights CAN Protect New England

From Deb Katz < deb@nukebusters.org >

Great News!!

The Vermont House has passed a version of S 124 by a vote of 130-0!!

This bill clearly was seen as a home, state rule issue. It was the work of many volunteers from a group of organizations pulling together to ask their members to call their state representatives which turned the tide- NFV, NEC, VPIRG,CLF, VCE, CAN and others.

Thank you for your help!

But we are not done. This bill now gives us the chance to terminate Vermont Yankee's license and replace VY with sustainable energy. We now have a choice about our energy future. It will not be easy. We must convince a majority of representatives that it is in the best interest of Vermont to turn off VY in 2012.

We must organize, organize, organize EVERYONE especially in the north about the choices that Vermonters can make to be a truely green state. We are going to teach and talk to every representative about the issues around VY and how VT can replace the 30% of electricity it gets from VY with solar, wind and energy efficiencies!!

Get Ready!! Set!! GO!!!
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